Solar Impulse Begins Round-the-World Journey

EcoGeek - Earlier this week, the Solar Impulse aircraft took off from Abu Dhabi on the first leg of it’s atempt to fly around the globe entirely on solar power.  We’ve been especially interested in this project from its beginnings as it has moved along setting new records, and we will now be watching as they make this trip around the world. Pilots Bertrand Piccard and Andre Borschberg will not fly non-stop (which Picard did in 1999 in the Breitling Orbiter 3, completing the first … [Read more...]

Superhydrophobic Coating Makes Better Solar Panels

EcoGeek - Scientists at the Oak Ridge National Laboratory have developed a coating for glass that is superhydrophobic, making it so that it will literally bounce water off the surface. This coating also decreases the amount of light that reflects away from the glass. The benefits for solar collectors are immediately evident. The ability to be self-cleaning would be an enormous benefit for solar panels, even without the additional conversion efficiency benefits. Although many of the best … [Read more...]

Opus Mind crafts minimalist bags entirely from recycled leather

Latest Items from TreeHugger - These bags are built to last, both in terms of usability and style. (c) Latest Items from TreeHugger - Read entire story here. … [Read more...]

Austin Maynard builds a beach bach

Latest Items from TreeHugger - It's a small, wood, modest shack. What's not to love? (c) Latest Items from TreeHugger - Read entire story here. … [Read more...]

2019 SkS Weekly Climate Change & Global Warming News Roundup #40

Skeptical Science - A chronological listing of news articles linked to on the Skeptical Science Facebook Page during the past week, i.e., Sun, Sep 29 through Sat, Oct 5, 2019 Editor's Pick Greta Thunberg is right: It’s time to haul ass on climate change Economically and politically, early ambition is better. New York, NY - August 28, 2019: 16-year-old climate activist Greta Thunberg arrives into New York City after crossing the Atlantic in a sailboat and attend press conference at North … [Read more...]

Skeptical Science New Research for Week #40, 2019

Skeptical Science - 44 articles, 12 open access Long levers Economists and macroeconomics must necessarily deal with a grand experiment wherein none of the variables feeding the show can be adjusted or fixed; economists face worse problems than do researchers pursuing cutting-edge experimental physics. Our experience with and expectations of economic phenomena as factors of predictable results are necessarily shaped by history and cultural memory. Operational, empirical economics— … [Read more...]

Coolest Reusable Snack Bags & Sandwich Wraps for a Waste-Free Lunch

Mindful Momma - Roundup of reusable snack bags and sandwich wraps that are perfect for zero waste back-to-school...Read the whole entry... » ; ; ; ; ; ; ; (c) Mindful Momma - Read entire story here. … [Read more...]

Top Tips for a Healthy Back-to-School Season

Mindful Momma - Learn how to help kids have a healthy back-to-school season with nutritious food, non-toxic lunch...Read the whole entry... » ; ; ; ; ; ; ; (c) Mindful Momma - Read entire story here. … [Read more...]

7 Ways to Declutter Your Bedroom

Nature Moms - Is the clutter in your room stressing you out? It’s normal for a messy room to make you nervous and anxious regardless of whether it’s your bedroom or living room. We’re now busier than ever, so clutter happens rather quickly. It’s not unusual for people to stress over it because it can significantly affect your mood. For this reason, you should dedicate some time to declutter your space. Not only this will make your room look better, but it will also help you feel … [Read more...]

Sleep On Latex: A Healthier Mattress to Sleep Better

Green Talk® - Could your mattress be the culprit to your sleep deprivation? Do you toss and turn and wake up with a sore back? This was me. As a gardener, I abuse my body with my constant twisting and bending. But not any mattress will do. I only wanted a nontoxic healthier mattress since my mattress should meet the same requirements as my organic garden–pure, healthy, and made with care. Sleep On Latex mattress fit the bill. I was given a mattress to review and I only review … [Read more...]

Gone Vegan: And Loving My New Life

Green Talk® - In the summer, I decided to become a vegan. You may recall when I became a vegetarian several years ago. I stayed a vegetarian for three years but decided to return to eating meat for health reasons. This time I jumped in veganism head first and have never felt better. Weird, huh despite all my difficulties being a vegetarian. I know it seems confusing as to why I left being a vegetarian in the first place. When I went vegetarian, my gut health wasn’t good and I was … [Read more...]

6 Must See Taipei Neighborhoods and Small Towns

STA Travel Blog - While Taiwan’s capital is home to plenty of attractions in its own right (and certainly worth the trip!), visitors to Taipei often miss the incredible... The post 6 Must See Taipei Neighborhoods and Small Towns appeared first on STA Travel Blog. (c) STA Travel Blog - Read entire story here. … [Read more...]

Your Ultimate Guide to Traveling in Taiwan

STA Travel Blog - Recently, I had an incredible opportunity to travel to Taiwan for 11 days with STA Travel, My Taiwan Tour, and the Taiwan Tourism Bureau of... The post Your Ultimate Guide to Traveling in Taiwan appeared first on STA Travel Blog. (c) STA Travel Blog - Read entire story here. … [Read more...]

Episode 3: The Ultimate Guide to Travelling in San Sebastian

STA Travel Blog - Hey fellow travellers! Alexx here from Finding Alexx, I’m visiting a new country every week for a year with my route based off the cheapest flight... The post Episode 3: The Ultimate Guide to Travelling in San Sebastian appeared first on STA Travel Blog. (c) STA Travel Blog - Read entire story here. … [Read more...]

6 Reasons why you should study in New Zealand

STA Travel Blog - Want to stand out from the regular college student and experience something new, exciting and so awesome you will remember it for the rest of... The post 6 Reasons why you should study in New Zealand appeared first on STA Travel Blog. (c) STA Travel Blog - Read entire story here. … [Read more...]

Pioneering Waste-Reusing Plastic Roads

EcoGeek - A new way of building roads with recycled plastic is being developed by Dutch company KWS Infra. As a resident of Michigan, where the combination of hard northern winters and a legislature that refuses to do its job have led to a statewide condition with many roads in embarrassingly bad shape, this hits close to home. The plastic roads are claimed to offer a number of advantages that make this a potentially revolutionary technology. The proposed system is going to use “100% … [Read more...]

Osmosis Power Is Off the Table Now

EcoGeek - Not every energy technology that is explored is going to lead to a successful new power industry. Osmosis power was one of the more unusual technologies we’ve come across. But now, after a few years of investigation, it appears that this technology is not a viable option for larger scale power generation. Statkraft, the Norwegian company which had opened a pioneering research facility to explore the potential of osmotic power generation, has closed its operations.  Moreover, a … [Read more...]

More calls worldwide to ban SUVs

Latest Items from TreeHugger - Laura Laker of the Guardian describes growing complaints in Germany and the UK. (c) Latest Items from TreeHugger - Read entire story here. … [Read more...]

Super-yacht is powered by liquid hydrogen. How "eco" is that?

Latest Items from TreeHugger - In two words: It's not. (c) Latest Items from TreeHugger - Read entire story here. … [Read more...]

Skeptical Science New Research for Week #39, 2019

Skeptical Science - 51 articles, 20 open access Situational awareness: "That ship has sailed." In a meeting of oil and gas executives this past summer, Mark Barron suggested energy companies accept that as a functional matter of politics anthropogenic climate change is fact and that their industry must deal with the reality of an under-40 US population seeing climate change as “an existential crisis that we need to address.” A brief glance at this week's proportionality of … [Read more...]

Landmark United in Science report informs Climate Action Summit

Skeptical Science - This is a re-post from the WMO The world’s leading climate science organizations have joined forces to produce a landmark new report for the United Nations Climate Action Summit, underlining the glaring – and growing – gap between agreed targets to tackle global warming and the actual reality. The report, United in Science, includes details on the state of the climate and presents trends in the emissions and atmospheric concentrations of the main greenhouse … [Read more...]

The Antarctic ice sheet is melting and, yeah, it’s probably our fault.

RealClimate - Glaciers in West Antarctica have thinned and accelerated in the last few decades. A new paper provides some of the first evidence that this is due to human activities. by Eric Steig It’s been some time since I wrote anything for RealClimate. In the interim there’s been a lot of important new work in the area of my primary research interest – Antarctica. Much of it is aimed at addressing the central question in Antarctic glaciology: How much ice is going to be lost from the … [Read more...]

Eco-friendly Energy Solutions For Powering Your Home

Nature Moms - On average, Americans spend the majority of energy and electricity in the privacy of their own homes. Home is where we do our eating, cooking, living, breathing: it is the place most highly associated with using gas and energy to power our lives. Fortunately, recent innovations in tech have enabled new solutions for energy efficiency in the homestead. These solutions are designed to lower carbon emissions and minimize costs associated with energy consumption, encouraging a … [Read more...]